Members of the Ethiopian GDP Taskforce

Members of the Ethiopian GDP Taskforce

A national taskforce has started examining how Ethiopia can better calculate the contribution of livestock to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Based on the findings of an IGAD LPI study, “Livestock Contribution to the Ethiopian Economy”, which found the contribution of livestock to the agricultural GDP to be more than 80% higher than previously thought, the Ethiopian Livestock Policy Forum is advocating for more resources for the sector. The forum is also collaborating with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) by way of the taskforce to recommend changes to the methodology MoFED uses in calculating GDP.

The taskforce, with members drawn from MoFED, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), the Central Statistics Agency (CSA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute (EARI), the Pastoral Forum Ethiopia (PFE) and the Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA), held its first meeting on February 11, 2011 at IGAD LPI’s office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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